Opinion: Alexandra Lange on how architects should use social media – DEZEEN

“At a higher artistic level, there’s the example of the Instagram of architectural photographer Iwan Baan. His Instagram (http://instagram.com/iwanbaan/) reveals that he has seen more contemporary architecture (and more of it from helicopters) than anyone. I find something aggrandising, even aggressive, about the relentlessness of his travel and the harsh aerial views. There’s also something humanising about his Instagram as a series of outtakes, capturing the surround for the more perfect images that end up on the websites of the architects. We see the faces of people, the buildings imperfectly lit or weathered. The heroic and the ordinary combine in this extra work, and will ultimately contribute to the way we look at the official pictures too.”

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Interview with Iwan Baan by ERCO Louvre Lens Report

One of the most widely published photographers of contemporary architecture, Iwan Baan is noted for his documentary images that narrate the life and interactions occurring within architecture. His approachable photos focused on the portrayal of people in the sociocultural context of architecture intrigue such clients as Rem Koolhaas, Toyo Ito and Zaha Hadid, but also The New York Times, Domus or Abitare.
We met the Amsterdam-born photographer at work in the northern French town of Lens, where he captured the poetic architecture of the new Louvre for ERCO. In our film interview Baan, who is in his mid-thirties, sheds light on his photographic style, his approach to architecture, and his first camera.

New York Magazine’s cover

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy I chartered a helicopter and shot the now iconic image of New York without power.
November 3rd, 2013

A selection of the press about the cover:
Artinfo: Post-Sandy, Two Icons Emerge From the Architectural World
The Verge: How the iconic post-Sandy ‘New York’ cover photo was shot
NYMAG: More Images From New York’s Sandy Cover
Architizer: How Iwan Baan got that phenomenal shot
Phaidon: Iwan Baan photographs a powerless New York